Germany is returning the remains of dozens of Aboriginal ancestors’ remains to Australia in what has been called the “largest handover of its kind.”
In total, the remains of 53 ancestors are being returned this month, according to report.
The Skulls and bones of Aboriginal Australians were removed by researchers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and put on show in museums around the world.
Germany has committed to returning the human remains in its collections.
According to Australia’s Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, his country is welcoming the repatriations, which he said adds up to healing and reconciliation.
Fifield said his government was committed to seeing the “unconditional return of ancestral remains held in overseas collections”.
The remains of 37 indigenous ancestors from the State Ethnographic Collections and five ancestors from Martin Luther University are being returned on Monday afternoon.
Representatives of the Yawuru indigenous group from Western Australia will collect seven sets of remains from the State Ethnographic Collections. The other sets will be put into the temporary care of the Australian government.
The return will mark the end of what Australia has called the “largest” repatriation of its indigenous ancestors from Germany.